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Soccerex has announced that this year’s African Forum, which takes place on October 1-2 in Durban, will see the introduction of a dedicated Regional Development Seminar.

Soccerex has announced that this year’s African Forum, which takes place on October 1-2 in Durban, will see the introduction of a dedicated Regional Development Seminar.

The three-part seminar will feature speakers from the English Premier League, South African Football Association (SAFA), Moses Mabhida Stadium and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust, and will look at the key components of football development across South Africa at both a municipal and provincial level. It will provide strategies for local governments to achieve the ‘2030 Vision’ set out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan by the South African Government. With key decision makers from municipalities and provinces across South Africa, as well continental government dignitaries in attendance, the Seminar will play a crucial step in creating an environment where ideas and best practice can be shared and developed.

The first session will focus on the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) where a government expert will discuss the three core pillars of the scheme: being an active nation, creating a winning nation and producing an enabling environment. The second part of the workshop, titled ‘Managing Municipal Owned Sports Facilities & Win Win Lease Agreements’, will see Greg Fredericks, general manager of the 2010 World Cup Legacy Trust and Vusi Mazibuko, manager of Moses Mabhida Stadium, discuss how municipalities are supported when it comes to building local sporting facilities and how they should be managed to ensure that these venues can deliver safe and high level multisport programmes all year round.

Finally, the third session will see the focus turn towards programme delivery with Robin Peterson, CEO of the SAFA Development Agency and Tim Vine, head of public affairs at the Premier League, heading the discussion. The pair will discuss how SAFA’s development plans and the Premier League’s Premier Skills Programme are helping to ensure that the correct standard of coaching and training is being delivered, as well as how new partnerships can be established with international sporting institutions. You can find the conference agenda for this year’s Forum here: www.mysoccerex.com/AF13ConferenceProgramme.pdf. For further information about this event please call +44 (0)208 987 5522 or visit www.soccerex.com/africa.

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